Discussion on ‘exclusion zones’ a neat distraction from extreme abortion proposal – Dr Cullen


The Pro Life Campaign has accused Health Minister Simon Harris of repeatedly raising the issue of creating exclusion zones outside abortion clinics for no other reason than to depict pro-life people in a poor light and to take the focus off the extreme abortion law he is presenting to Cabinet.

Commenting on the Minister’s repeated references to buffer zones of late, Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“Anyone not familiar with the extreme nature of the Government’s planned abortion legislation could be forgiven for thinking Minister Harris was merely introducing legislation for ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion clinics given the ridiculously disproportionate attention he has given to this particular issue.

“Of course it suits Simon Harris to deflect away from the true horror of his new abortion law. Depicting pro-lifers in as poor a light as possible and harping on about things like the need for buffer zones to stop anti-abortion protests certainly creates a very different image from having to explain to the public what will be happening behind closed doors in the rooms where totally innocent and defenceless unborn babies are having their lives ended. There’s nothing new about Simon Harris’s public relations strategy. It is directly and faithfully taken from the international pro-abortion playbook, where abortion at all costs must be sanitised and its opponents demonised.

Commenting on today’s media report that Minister Harris is seeking Cabinet approval for State funding of abortion services, Dr Cullen said: “Bit by bit, voters are learning that the Government’s plan all along was for the provision of wide-ranging abortion and not just limited abortion in keeping with how things were spun in advance of the referendum. When pro-life people said there would be taxpayer funded abortions, we were accused of scaremongering. Sadly, based on today’s reports, that’s precisely what is being planned by Simon Harris.”